ARLINGTON, Texas -- The names Alex Rodriguez and Dr. Michael Gross were all over the news today, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi was unable to provide any further information on quad-gate, the controversy swirling around the true extent of A-Rod's injury and whether or not he is ready to return to big-league action.
"I have not spoken with Alex today," Girardi said. "I don't really have anything for you with that. I'm not there and I'm not privy to all of the conversations. I'm still not aware of everything that happened and I'm not going to comment on it."
Asked if he expected A-Rod, who communicated his desire to GM Brian Cashman to be in the Yankees lineup Friday night, to rejoin his team this weekend, Girardi said, "No, I don't, but we'll just see what happens."
And asked if the continuing saga of A-Quad was beginning to wear on his players, Girardi said: "No. When you play for the Yankees there's going to be stuff, outside stuff, that happens, and you've got to be able to shut it out. And I think our guys have done a good job of it all year long."
-- Derek Jeter went through the same drills today that he did yesterday -- batting practice, fielding and running in a straight line -- but will not run the bases until Friday, making it seem unlikely he will return for Saturday's game against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
"Nothing is out of the question, but I'm not so sure we'll see him Saturday," Girardi said. "You've got to be able to run at 100 percent, that's the bottom line. To know that there’s no soreness, no pain and that everything works properly."
In other news, rehab assignments galore:
-- Curtis Granderson, who has missed all but eight games of the season due to two broken hands, both from errant pitches, will begin a rehab assignment tomorrow night for the Class A Tampa Yankees, although Girardi could not give a timetable for his return. "I think you have to give him some at-bats to see how he feels," Girardi said. "He hasn't had a ton of at-bats. I think to be fair to him you have to give him some at-bats."
-- Jayson Nix, out since July 2 with a hamstring strain, began his rehab assignment today with two at-bats for the Gulf Coast League Yankees. "No issues from what I understand," Girardi said.
-- David Phelps, out since July 6 with a right forearm strain, threw 61 pitches in rehab start for AA Trenton on Tuesday, allowing two runs on two hits in 3-2/3 innings. "He felt OK," Girardi said. "Probably not as sharp as we've seen him during the course of the season, but I kind of expect that when you haven't been on the mound and you haven't faced hitters in a while. I think we'll see him in New York and he'll throw a bullpen for us on Friday, and then he'll probably go out on another rehab start."
-- Michael Pineda threw three scoreless innings in a start for AAA Scranton, and while Girardi acknowledged said his workload had been cut back, he said it was still possible that Pineda could pitch for the Yankees this season. "I think it's possible to have him," Girardi said. "I think they're trying to manage his innings because he's coming off that shoulder surgery. They don't want him to go over a certain level, that's why you're seeing him back off a little bit. That will increase as time goes on."
-- With Luis Cruz on the DL, David Adams rejoined the team today, but Girardi is starting Brent Lillibridge, who had the game winning hit in Tuesday's 5-4 win, again tonight against the Rangers and Matt Garza. Adams was hitting .309 with four home runs and 16 RBI for Scranton.
-- Tonight's starter, Andy Pettitte, is 11-10 with a 5.21 ERA lifetime against the Rangers, and 2-4 with an 8.22 here in Arlington. he has lost seven of his last 10 decisions to the Rangers dating back to 2002.
-- Garza, acquired by Texas in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Monday, is 1-4 with a 4.48 ERA lifetime against the Yankees, all of which came while he was with Tampa Bay. Garza has not faced the Yankees since 2010.